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Friday, July 30, 2010

A Feast of Laughter!

by Renee Burt

I love the phrase, “It is what it is!” So I’ve been known to say it more than my fair share of times. In fact, I said it just last night again! What happened was, I had all my kids over for a family birthday dinner. The party was for three of us who have birthdays coming up, and we all got to pick something we love to eat for the dinner. So Danny picked steaks, I picked cheesy potatoes and Stephanie picked angel food cake and strawberries…with REAL whipped cream! Sounds great, right?



Well, I would love to go into detail, but suffice it to say the dinner was a giant disaster! The grill went on the fritz soon after the steaks went on the grill…so we put them under the oven broiler, but that didn’t work either. Fast forward…finally got them cooked…sat down to eat…phew! But after one bite of the cheesy potatoes, I realized I had forgotten to put in the cheese. These were NOT my favorite potatoes anymore! There’s more…the dressing on the salad had gone bad. And later, the whipped cream wouldn’t whip!

Was I sad…depressed…upset…crying about it? Nope! I actually thought it was hysterical…and so did my kids. So we laughed our way through the entire dinner, and made the happiest of family memories. It’s at times like that, I especially love to say, “It is what it is!” Not in some sad-sack, Debbie Downer way of thinking that says, “Things will never change, so I need to just accept it.” No! But rather in a way that accepts that things won’t always go right, so I may as well go ahead and make a choice to stop thinking about what I coulda, shoulda, woulda done differently. And instead, see the humor in the situation! Yep! “It is what it is”…it’s what turned MY disastrous dinner into a feast of laughter!

Psalm 30:11 NCV ~ You changed my sorrow into dancing. You took away my clothes of sadness, and clothed me in happiness.

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